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Frans: "Leader" of the UD trying to manipulate and confuse

GREAT BAY - Leader of the United St. Maarten (US) party MP Frans Richardson on Friday said the leader of the United Democrats (UD) MP Sarah Wescot-Williams continues to insult the people by persisting with manipulative ways to sow confusion in...

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Dear Reader

The latest campaign rhetoric coming out of the USP camp exposes a question we have been wondering ourselves. Who is the true leader of the United Democrats party?

Another question mulling on our minds is that of the Minister Plenipotentiary for in The Hague. Or the lack thereof.

This vital position has been reduced to nothing more than a fixture in the Kingdom Council of Ministers meetings. Now St. Maarten has gone a step further and reduced it to that of an invisible fixture. In order words, the figurative lack of representation these past couple of years in the Kingdom Council is now a complete lack of physical representation, not just in spirit and in mind but literally as well.

In a time when the relationship between St. Maarten and the Kingdom government of the Netherlands needs serious mending, nurturing and maintenance, we have no Minister Plenipotentiary in The Hague. We find this a great pity.

It is known for many years that St. Maarten lacks serious lobby representation in The Hague that can sway the minds and opinions in the hallways of power and influence in the Binnenhof.

Therefore, we recommend St. Maarten send a true diplomat and a heavyweight who would know how to network with the members of the both houses of the Staten Generaal in the Binnenhof and with the ministers that deal directly and indirectly with the interests of St. Maarten.

We need a person who can not only speak the language fluently but can also push the St. Maarten agenda. We would recommend sending an eloquent and experienced statesman with an eclectic political background of the stature of a Marcel Gumbs in this time of urgent need when St. Maarten can benefit enormously from a solid and stable political relationship with the Netherlands.

If the past days' weather conditions in the Netherlands prove anything, it is that we are all in this together on this planet Earth and storms not only rage in a glass or in the Caribbean basin but also in the Lowlands as well. We need someone in The Hague who can remind Holland of this in a nice way with a smile and a wink.

Hopefully, this advice is taken to heart.

Until then, have a great weekend!

The Publisher

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German Ambassador pays Courtesy Visit to Prime Minister

PHILIPSBURG - On Friday January 19th the German Ambassador Dirk Brengelmann paid a courtesy visit to Prime Minister Leona Romeo Marlin at the Government Building. During the meeting the two parties discussed briefly the political developments on...

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Minister Wuite expresses condolence on passing of student

PHILIPSBURG - On behalf of the Public Schools and the Ministry, Minister Jorien Wuite expresses her sincere condolence to the family, friends and teachers of Kenrick Richardson on his passing. Kenrick, a student of the St. Maarten Vocational...

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Work Group formed within EOC to assess tsunami preparedness

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) - A small Work Group (WG) within the Emergency Support Functions (ESF) that falls under the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), has been formed to assess and ensure National Tsunami Preparedness within the...

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Rotary & Lions Clubs receive large donation from Jump Up


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TelEm Notice for Pelican Area today
TelEm Group technicians target Pelican cable repairs

Pond Island - TelEm Group technicians are going all out Saturday to repair a faulty telecommunication cable in the Pelican area Saturday and are warning customers in the area to expect interruptions in mobile and internet services. According to...

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CPS says use mosquito repellent to stop mosquitos biting

GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) - The Collective Preventive Services (CPS), a government department under the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, says due to recent rainfall the country has experienced, CPS is calling on the ...

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SDM introduces its fifth candidate Lewis to the community

PHILIPSBURG - The St. Maarten Development Movement (SDM) in a press statement on Friday introduced their fifth candidate on the party slate for the upcoming February 26 parliamentary elections. His name is Elvis Lewis who pledges to use his...

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On February 26, 2018, a "snap" election will take place. Voters are called to cast their vote to elect 15 Parliamentarians. According to the Constitution of St. Maarten, Parliament has the task to approve concept laws of the Council of Ministers...

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Ministers of Justice in the Kingdom discuss important issues

WILLEMSTAD - Aruba, Curaçao, St. Maarten and the Netherlands, on behalf of the BES islands (Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba) are working on an intention statement regarding information exchange to prevent illegal migrants from island-hopping...

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Curaçao pension funds want to invest in new hospital in SXM

PHILIPSBURG - Public Health Minister Emil Lee of St. Maarten is exploring more options to finance the construction of St. Maarten's new general hospital. Lee told reporters at the Council of Ministers press briefing on Wednesday that he had...

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Multidisciplinary Project Team to be dissolved

WILLEMSTAD - The Multidisciplinary Project Team (MDPT), that is in charge of negotiation the future of the oil refinery in Curaçao, will be dissolved. Refineria di Korsou (RdK), the owner of the refinery is now in charge of the process of looking ...

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Status Dia di Rincon

BONAIRE - During the meeting of the Island Council on January 16th, 2018, questions were raised abouth Dia di Rincon. Since 2014 there is an ongoing discussion whether or not to designate Dia di Rincon as public holiday on Bonaire.

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Yes - 66.7%
No - 33.2%

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Which statement is incorrect regarding the tasks of a Supervisory Board of Directors?
A. To supervise the policy of the management.
B. To render advice to the management.
C. To appoint and dismiss members of the Managing Board.
D. To approve significant resolutions of the Managing Board.
E. None of the above is correct. Dutch News
97 trees on the railway tracks, 300 greenhouses damaged

The bill for Thursday's storm which battered the Netherlands with winds of up to 130 kph mounted still further on Friday afternoon, as corporate insurance claims began to pile in. Insurance company Interpolis said that the bill to the farming...

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A wet and windy weekend ahead, warmer weather next week...

This weekend will be windy with wintry showers, particularly in the north. And with temperatures set to be as low as freezing point inland, sleet or snow could stick in the northern provinces on Saturday morning, weather forecasters say. It will...

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Justice confiscates over €221m from convicted criminals

Justice ministry officials in the Netherlands confiscated over €221m from convicted criminals last year, well above their target of €138m. The total is made up of cash found during police raids but most comes from settlements and declarations,...

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The Netherlands is the second-largest agricultural exporter

The Dutch agricultural sector booked yet another export record in 2017, the national statistics office CBS said . Exports totalled €92bn last year, making the Netherlands the second-largest agricultural exporter in the world after the US. US...

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Dead Venezuelans on north coast are victims of smuggling

WILLEMSTAD - The police officers have arrested two Venezuelans suspected of human trafficking. They are suspected of being involved in the crossing of the boat that shipwrecked on the north coast of the island last week. The local police believe, ...

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Curaçao Ports Authority welcomes Disney Wonder

WILLEMSTAD - Disney Cruise cruise ship Disney Wonder Line has visited Curaçao for the first time today. A delegation, existing of representatives of the Ministry of Economic Development (MEO), the Curaçao Tourist Board (CTB), the Chamber of...

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Property investments in the Netherlands hit new record

Property investors within and outside the Netherlands pumped a record €19.5bnn into Dutch bricks and mortar last year, according to calculations by property advisory group CBRE. This makes the Netherlands one of the best performing property...

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SXM Daily News - 19 Jan 2018
SXM Daily News January 19, 2018

SXM Daily News January 19, 2018

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